Caroline Aiken On Mountain Stage Aiken, a folk-rocker for more than 40 years, plays with the Mountain Stage band for the first time.

Caroline Aiken On Mountain Stage

Caroline Aiken On Mountain Stage

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Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage
Caroline Aiken
Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage


  • "My There For Me Guitar"
  • "Everything Can Change"
  • "Day By Day"

Caroline Aiken makes her first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of the University of Georgia in Athens. Born and raised on the Georgia Sea Island of St. Simons, Aiken grew up under the influence of local musicians like the Georgia Sea Island Singers.

In the late 1960s, Aiken relocated to New York, then to California, South America and back to Atlanta, playing music all along the way. It was in Atlanta that she heard a teenage duo singing a CSNY song behind the venue where she was set to perform. Years later, the same duo — The Indigo Girls — invited Aiken to tour with it on several different occasions.

A powerful guitarist in her own right, Aiken is backed by the Mountain Stage band on bass and drums, as well as her some of her friends: Eddie Glicken on percussion, John Pagano and John Keane on guitar and, for her final song, Randall Bramblett on sax.

This Mountain Stage performance was originally published on May 10, 2012.